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Stephen Blackmoore’s noir urban fantasy continues, with Los Angeles necromancer Eric Carter caught in a love triangle that is anything but loving…
Eric Carter has always had a difficult relationship with the women in his life. That’s hit all-time high since he unwillingly married the Aztec goddess of death, Santa Muerte. Which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t wake up every day worrying if every little marital spat might end with her obliterating his very existence. Oh, and every time he’s used his marriage-enhanced powers, his body has slowly been transforming into jade stone. So, couples therapy is definitely not going to help in this situation.
Now, Santa Muerte’s own complicated romantic past is going to make things even worse. Because her ex-husband has just gotten out of his supposedly inescapable prison. And, of course, her ex is Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec King of the Dead. Pretty soon, Carter finds himself getting propositioned—or rather, threatened. Because both king and queen want him to kill their spouse.
Carter is once again in a hard place with his life on the line, caught between two angry gods as his own magic slowly kills him. But there may be one way for him to save both his life and his soul from this pair of dreaded deities…
Take them both out. Permanently.
Ain’t love grand?
Praise for the Eric Carter series:
“Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor.” — Publishers Weekly on Dead Things
"In a world where Aztec Mythology, dark magic and grim reality blend together, nothing is what it appears to be... Best of all, Blackmoore’s chillingly good storytelling skills ensures that fans will enjoy every step of this adrenaline fueled journey.” — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) on Broken Souls
“This series is so fucking good. Blackmoore can’t write these books fast enough to suit me. BROKEN SOULS is hyper-caffeinated, turbo-bloody face-stomping fun. This is the L.A-noir urban fantasy you’ve been looking for.” — Kevin Hearne, Author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
"Carter’s wry voice is amusing as ever, but the grief he carries is palpable, adding depth and a sense of desperation to this action-packed adventure. Readers will be eager for more after this thrilling, emotionally fraught installment.” — Publishers Weekly on Ghost Money, Starred Review
1. Dead Things
2. Broken Souls
3. Hungry Ghosts
4. Fire Season
5. Ghost Money
6. Bottle Demon
Blackmoore's third urban fantasy featuring Los Angeles-based necromancer Eric Carter (after Broken Souls) is freewheeling and laced with smart-alecky banter. As a consequence of his strategic marriage to Santa Muerte, Queen of Mictlan (the Aztec land of the dead), Carter is slowly petrifying into a jade statue, a fate shared by her other husband, Mictlantecuhtli. Carter knows that the only way to save his skin is to kill both of them. This leads to a concatenation of escapades that includes dalliances with the avatars of both the king and queen, a bargain with an incarnation of Quetzalcoatl, and a journey to Mictlan, where reanimated corpses and the titular ghosts run rampant. The novel's plot is loose and dependent on info dumps of Aztec and Mayan folklore, but Blackmoore keeps the action brisk and the mood light, sprinkling his text with breezy witticisms ("Mages are just academics who found something practical to do with a philosophy degree"). Fans of the series will devour this installment in anticipation of Carter's next adventure.